The Thai House Restaurant was Wales's first of its kind and has been around for more than 20 years. It benefits from being right in the city centre, and because Cardiff is becoming a business hub, this is a huge bonus.
The welcome at the Thai House is always warm. It has a relaxing atmosphere accompanied with traditional Thai hospitality.
It's got a fairly enviable reputation for combining locally sourced Welsh produce with fresh Thai herbs, spices, fruits and vegetables flown in from Bangkok every week.
I chose one of the pre-selected menus - Floating Market (£18.50 per person). Dishes included Thai House's signature starter Sate Gai (beef and chicken on sticks with peanut sauce) and Gang Kio Warng Gai (traditional green curry with chicken and Thai aubergines).
The menu offers a good range of exotic puddings. The selection of delicious tropical fruits - some of which are also flown in from Thailand - with homemade fresh-ginger ice cream are a great way to round off a fantastic lunch or dinner.
Even the drinks menu is refreshingly different. Chang replaces more usual oriental beers and the wine list is impressive. Where: 3-5 Guildford Crescent, Cardiff
Contact: 029 2038 7404
How much: Lunch: two courses, £8.95